54066-01 | Kolloquium: Digital Transformation and Work 4.0


This course targets master students who are interested in the progress of today’s technologies and its impact on human resource management and organizational structures. In addition, there should be an interest in discussing and evaluating theoretical models and empirical studies. The course covers the following topics:

  • The digital transformation from 1.0 to 4.0
  • Workplace organization and job design
  • Online platform and crowd working
  • Hiring and recruiting
  • Workforce structure
  • Worker performance
  • Worker well-being

We illustrate these topics by using well-known theories and new innovative empirical studies and by focusing on different new technologies and digital applications such as information and communication technologies (ICT), social network applications, specific firm technologies (e.g., people analytics, ERP), robots, artificial intelligence (e.g., deep learning, machine learning), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), cloud computing, Internet memes, online platforms and Blockchain technologies.

Find more information here: Syllabus

What exactly do you have to do?

Invited Talks & Best Essay

Spring Term 2020

Matthias Mölleney, HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich, Center for Human Resources Management & Leadership

Jana Koehler, CEO German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Markus Stauffiger, 4eyes

Best Essay: Lena Adelmann and Jennifer Wiedmer with a term essay on “The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Recruitment” (only available in German) Essay

Spring Term 2019

Prof. Gerhard Lauer, Digital Humanities Lab, University of Basel

Asmus Ohrt, Kienbaum

Marco Gadola, CEO Straumann Group

Best Essay: Julius Lüttin and Florian Gronde with a term essay on “The Impact of Blockchain on HR Work Processes” (only available in German) Essay